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[snik-er] /ˈsnɪk ər/
verb (used without object)
to laugh in a half-suppressed, indecorous or disrespectful manner.
verb (used with object)
to utter with a snicker.
a snickering laugh.
Also, snigger.
Origin of snicker
First recorded in 1685-95; of expressive orig.
Related forms
snickeringly, adverb
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for snicker
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  • If you'll tell me where the laugh comes in, I'll snicker, just to keep you company.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • The sound of a snicker behind him brought a scowl to Jack's face.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • There was sly nudging and smiling, a snicker from an ill-mannered page, and the only sighs were those of relief when he ended.

    Romance of Roman Villas Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
  • I looked at Sol, on the seat next to me; I thought I had heard him snicker.

  • "You've made a mistake," he told old Mr. Crow with a snicker.

    The Tale of Ferdinand Frog Arthur Scott Bailey
  • The snicker turned into a roar of laughter, a grown man's laughter.

    Do Unto Others Mark Clifton
  • They snicker at my graftin', and I laugh in my sleeve, I guess, at their penetration.'

British Dictionary definitions for snicker


(mainly US & Canadian) a sly or disrespectful laugh, esp one partly stifled
to utter such a laugh Equivalent term (in Britain and certain other countries) snigger
(of a horse) to whinny
Word Origin
C17: probably of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snicker

1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.


"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).


"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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